Item description for Gone With The Groom (BRIDAL MAYHEM) by Janice Thompson...
The best laid plans of brides and men go awry when Annie Peterson's future son-in-law Scott disappears.
Have pre-wedding jitters caused Brandi's fiance to take flight, or are more sinister forces at work?
The best laid plans of brides and men go awry when Annie Peterson's future son-in-law Scott disappears. Have pre-wedding jitters caused Brandi's fiancé to take flight, or are more sinister forces at work? Surely Annie can solve the riddle. But who could be behind this apparent kidnapping caper? Maybe the drug company Scott works for has hidden motives. Perhaps it's the handiwork of Otis, Scott's deceitful dad. But then again it could be the shady wedding photographer, or the "political enemies" of Scott's mother. Will Annie solve the mystery and recover the missing groom, or will she suffer "regrets only"?
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Studio: Barbour Publishing, Inc
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.9" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Jun 30, 2007
Publisher Barbour Books
ISBN 159789642X ISBN13 9781597896429
Availability 0 units.
More About Janice Thompson
"Janice Thompson" received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University in exercise science physiology and nutrition. She is currently a research assistant professor at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in the Department of Internal Medicine. "Melinda Manore" earned a doctorate in human nutrition with a minor in exercise physiology at Oregon State University, and a master's degree in health education from the University of Oregon. She is currently a professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Sciences at Oregon State University.
Reviews - What do customers think about Gone With The Groom (BRIDAL MAYHEM)?
An "engaging" mystery Oct 10, 2007
The final weeks before any wedding are crammed with last-minute details. But few brides expect the groom to disappear without warning. With little evidence to suggest cold feet, bride Brandi can only speculate at what sort of foul play might have caused her groom to vanish--or is it his love of a good prank? One possibility after another unfolds as "Gone with the Groom" brings out the detective in each reader.
Gone with the Groom is a charming read. In the midst of the busyness we all experience, it is surprisingly relaxing to plunge into Annie Peterson's flurry of activity in preparation for her daughter Brandi's wedding. When the groom goes missing, readers follow amateur sleuth Annie as she tries to unravel the clues and find her future son-in-law. Author Janice Thompson keeps the reader guessing through unexpected twists and turns in this cozy mystery and she has a gift for keeping the reader engaged (pun intended) right to the end.
Annie's faith carries her through the drama along with faith reminders from dear friend Sheila, and mother-of-the-groom, Nadine. The faith example of trusting God in the midst of trials sends a message to the reader without sounding preachy.
Despite the peppering of cliché's throughout the book--whether intentional or unintentional--Janice Thompson knows how to tell a good story. "Gone with the Groom" is entertaining and alluring.
Funtastic Oct 3, 2007
Thompson tackles this mystery with family love and fun. Annie's sleuthing to find the missing groom takes us to the edge of panic but releases us with humor and the belief that God will see Annie and her family through this. We can grasp the message of faith throughout and know it doesn't hurt to have a spunky little dachshund either
Thompson beautifully portrays a mother's heart. Sep 27, 2007
Sasha's back! Along with Annie, Sheila, and the rest of Clarksborough, PA. And like seeing old friends, we're happy they're here. After Sasha and Annie save the day in The Wedding Caper, this dachshund/mother duo now has a missing groom on their hands. Annie's daughter Brandi is just about to marry "said groom" (to use Annie's vernacular) when it happens. The devoted Christian mother of two twin daughters and a son, as well as the extremely submissive wife of Warren, Annie manages to fulfill her never ending duties as mother-of-the-bride while trying to find her missing future son-in-law, Scott.
Last time Sasha was the center of attention, involved in most of Annie's antics. But this time Sasha makes only a scant appearance in the story during the first half, even when the scenes take place in her home, where the dog should be around somewhere. Then it's almost as if Thompson remembers her mid-stream, and Sasha is rushed to the hospital after getting into a bottle of heart medication. We see for the first time in this book the love and concern Annie and Warren had for Sasha all along. And from this point on, Sasha once again becomes an entertaining and integral part of the sleuthing for the rest of the story. In fact, she ends up having an even more prominent role in solving the crime.
Annie's thoughts and observations are humorous and relatable. "A tightening in my gut signaled a problem. I shouldn't have skipped breakfast-not on a day like today. I needed protein-or at the very least, artificial sweetener..." and her well intended but unsuccessful efforts to get to the gym in order to fit into her dress for the wedding are a constant source of guilt for her, but in a funny way.
Try not to notice that although Scott's cell phone sends a few cryptic messages, the police never check for pings, which might give them its location. And we've got a cornucopia of possible suspects here. The pharmaceutical company Scott works for is having trouble getting FDA approval for its new drug, and the companies very existence depends on it. Could Scott's concerns about the dangerous side effects caused someone to get him out of the way? And what about Brandi's new job at the real estate agency, and the scam she is discovering?
Scott's mother is running for city council of her home town. Could her crooked political opponents have tried to distract her by kidnaping Scott? Could his estranged biological father, who has just surfaced after years of absence have something to do with it? Or did he just get cold feet and become a runaway groom? With the wedding fast approaching on Valentine's Day, should they cancel it or continue to pay the vendors?
There is a deep bond between the women in the story, both spiritual and emotional, as they gather around the hurting family. We see them stand by each other, forgive past hurts, hold one another up in prayer, and share each other's burdens. These women are guided by the Spirit, comforted by the Scriptures, and eventually led to the answers they desperately need. Thompson beautifully portrays a mother's heart.
With a prolonged feel-good ending, there are no loose ends left to our imagination. But it's fun to solve the crime along with Annie, as Thompson gives us just enough clues without giving it away. And there's a surprise addition to the family, who I suspect will be joining the "Agatha Annie Crime Solving Agency" next time. At least, I hope so.
--Reviewed by Carol Kurtz for TitleTrakk
Annie's at it again. Aug 27, 2007
Sasha and Annie Peterson are off again in another quest for truth. Janice Thompson has again given us a delightful tale as Annie seeks the real reason behind the disappearance of her future son-in-law only a few weeks before the big day. Using all the skills learned in her internet detective course, Annie sets out to find the young man. No way will she believe he simply left her beautiful daughter. When all of his and her family descend on the Peterson home a few days before the wedding, they all have their own ideas about the disappearance. Annie has a list of suspects that range from someone out for revenge against the groom's politician mother to his long lost father to his friends playing a prank. Even his boss and the company he works for come under suspicion before it's all over. Annie has her work cut out for her, but she rises to the task with her ever faithful dog, Sasha, and saves the day as well as the wedding. Get on board for a fun ride and see if you can unravel the clues Annie finds.
A wonderful book that combines mystery, humor, a fantastic storyline and unforgettable characters Jul 23, 2007
Reviewed by Lori Plach for Reader Views (7/07)
You are cordially invited to the wedding of Brandi Peterson and Scott Cunningham on February 14. That's only 2 weeks away and the Peterson house is very chaotic. Rather than just the regular preparations for the wedding, the family is also involved in a missing-person search. The missing person is none other than Scott Cunningham, groom-to-be.
Brandi's parents, Annie and Warren, are playing host to Brad and Nadine, Scott's mother and stepfather. Having the future in-laws staying with the other in-laws can create interesting memories. It's a full house when Annie's parents arrive from the Deep South for the big event, if there is still to be a wedding.
Annie is known to be quite a sleuth. Well, she's going to have to use all her skills and Sasa, her dachshund, to sniff out clues and find Scott before the big day. Annie is nicknamed Agatha Annie. She is not a professional detective and finds her some strange, and some very hilarious, situations along the way.
Janice A Thompson has created a wonderful book. "Gone with the Groom" combines mystery, humor, a fantastic storyline and unforgettable characters. With its many twists and turns, "Gone with the Groom" will keep you involved from cover to cover. The Peterson family's faith in God is tested throughout the book, but with the help of their church family and faith in God, they will get through this time of their life. Perhaps they will even be blessed through this trial.
Plan now to check in with the Peterson's for the biggest event in Brandi's lifetime!